Facebook updates Messenger app for easier photo, video sharing

You can send photos faster but preview isn't an option, so beware

Yes, Facebook’s updated its Messenger app again to version 5.0, this time tweaking how you send photos or videos.

Facebook’s been pretty busy in the mobile space, tweaking its Messenger as a full-fledged primary messaging app after removing it from the main Facebook app.

Features have slowly been added to the app, including making it SMS-enabled but this latest change is probably a way of making it compete better with other popular chat apps like Line.

Easy-peasy photo sending

What do the new changes bring to the app? Apparently, it's a much quicker process to send media files. You'll see more options pop up when you start conversations, plus you'll notice icons for the Camera Roll, stickers and voice message capabilities.

What's neat is that you can view videos as well as listen to recordings from within the Messaging apps. But funnily enough, you can’t preview what you're going to send which means that you'll immediately send pictures that you snap with the Camera, without approving it first.

This could end up in hilarious butt-snapping (the new butt dialing) if you’re not careful, where you might send people embarassing selfies or unintended voice recordings. Perhaps Facebook will fix it but it’s more likely we'll just have to get used to how the app works if we follow Facebook’s track record.

Other reasons to update your Messenger app: you can download stickers by just pressing and holding stickers sent to you and, yes, improved search.  You'll see the new update if you’re on iOS but Android uses will just have to hang on a little longer as the app will probably get an update later this week.

You'll also see minor tweaks to stickers on Facebook as well as groups and if you’re already using the app, there’s no reason not to update now. Unless you have a severe phobia of accidental selfies, that is.

[Source: Engadget]

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